Girls State Cross Country: Camas 2nd in bid for third straight title

Mountain View's Craig finishes fourth in 3A

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor

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Highlights and interviews with Clark County runners at the WIAA state cross country championships.

PASCO – The Camas girls cross country team needed a bit of good news.

The Papermakers had just fallen short of their goal, a third consecutive Class 4A title at the WIAA State Cross Country Championships in Pasco.

The state champion team automatically qualifies for the Nike BorderClash meet, which matches top runners from Oregon and Washington later this month. Camas was uncertain whether the second-place team Saturday would also go.

A BorderClash representative assured the Camas runners that yes, they had qualified.

That’s when the tears began flowing.

It was some welcome relief after Camas finished second in the 4A girls team race. The Papermakers’ 108 points was 18 behind Issaquah.

Emma Jenkins led Camas with a fifth-place finish. But there was no repeat of last year, when three Papermakers finished in the top 13.

“I think all of us kind of had a tough race,” Jenkins said. “We have sick people, but that’s just how it is. We can’t change anything about that. I think Borderclash gives us hope to do better.”

Jenkins and Skyview’s Ellen Burbank worked together throughout the race, which saw Taylor Roe of Lake Stevens win by more than 20 seconds. Jenkins was 47 seconds behind Roe, covering the 5,000 meter course at Sun Willows Golf Course in 18:21. Burbank finished eighth in 18:30.

“I didn’t run my best time, but I’m still happy because I gave it my all,” Jenkins said. “That’s all you can do.”

Savanna Craig was all smiles Saturday. The Mountain View senior capped her high school cross country career with a fourth-place finish in the 3A race.

“I felt really strong, especially in the beginning,” she said. “I just felt great, like I can do this. It was a little bit slower than I expected, but I’m glad with the race overall.”

Instead of a lead pack, the race saw the top four runners separated by several seconds. That was just fine for Craig, who won the Westside Classic regional title by nearly a minute last weekend.

“When I’m on my own, like I was at regionals, I get in a zone and just go,” Craig said. “I think I run better when I’m alone.”

Craig finished in 18:14, 30 seconds behind winner Jordan Oakes of Holy Names Academy in Seattle.

La Center freshman Natasha Lewis ran the best race of her young cross country career thus far. She finished ninth in the 1A race in 19:24, a personal best by 11 seconds.

“I wasn’t expecting to get top ten,” Lewis said. “I was so nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, so I just went out and ran my race and acted like it was any other race.”

The La Center girls placed fourth in the 1A team race.

 

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

WIAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

At Sun Willows Golf Course, Pasco, 5,000 meters

CLASS 4A

Teams – 1, Issaquah 90; 2, Camas 108; 3, Glacier Peak 122. Also – 7, Skyview 226; 13, Union 275.

Top individuals – 1, Taylor Roe (Lake Stevens) 17:34; 2, Katie Thronson (Lewis and Clark) 17:53; 3, Kearan Nelson (Central Valley) 18:02; 4, Hannah Waskom (Mount Si) 18:17; 5, Emma Jenkins (Camas) 18:21; 6, Breanna Glover (Tahoma) 18:22; 7, Rachel Kastama 18:27; 8, Ellen Burbank (Skyview) 18:30; 9, Kenna Clawson (Issaquah) 18:32; 10, Erica Simison (Eisenhower) 18:32.

Local results

CAMAS – 5, Emma Jenkins 18:21; 20, Halle Jenkins 19:02; 26, Ellie Postma 19:14; 34, Madison Child 19:27; 84, Kaylee Merritt 20:06; 103, Brook Roy 20:30; 105, Rachel Blair 20:34.

SKYVIEW – 8, Ellen Burbank 18:30; 23, Presley Timmons 19:09; 91, Krystal Kaufman 20:13; 92, Isabella Abbruzzese 20:14; 143, Makena Harbertson 21:23; 154, Emily Hogan 21:53; 161, Sophie Friauf  23:29.

UNION – 21, Haylee Brodahl 19:03; 69, Serena Smith 19:58; 107, Drew Lobis 20:36; 109, Allie Connell 20:38; 121, Brooklyn Jackson 20:49; 122, Mackenzie Berg 20:51; 145, Alex Taylor 21:28.

CLASS 3A

Teams – 1, Holy Names 53; 2, Edmonds-Woodway 104;  3, Shorecrest 136.

Top individuals – 1, Jordan Oakes (Holy Names) 17:44; 2, Sophia Cantine (Lakeside-Seattle) 18:06; 3, Camila David-Smith (Interlake) 18:07; 4, Savanna Craig (Mountain View) 18:14; 5, Erinn Hill (North Central) 18:26; 6, Malia Pivec (Lynnwood) 18:29; 7, Yukino Parle (Edmonds-Woodway) 18:38; 8, Olivia Meader-Yetter (Edmonds-Woodway) 18:41; 9, Jane Barr (Roosevelt) 18:42; 10, Kate Jendrezak 18:43.

Local results

FORT VANCOUVER – 34, Emily Phelps 19:41; 73, Anna Harrison 20:16.

EVERGREEN – 145, Leia McWilliams 21:42.

HUDSON’S BAY – 79, Gabriella Guerrero Barcenas 20:17.

MOUNTAIN VIEW – 4, Savanna Craig 18:14.

PRAIRIE – 47, Hannah Kneeshaw 19:57.

CLASS 2A

Teams – 1, Selah 92; 2, Liberty-Issaquah 101; 3, Sehome 103. Also – 10, Washougal 264; 12, Ridgefield 304.

Top individuals – 1, Elyria Kabasenche (Pullman) 18:41; 2, Abby Johnson (Sehome) 18:42; 3, Uhuru Hashimoto (Ellensburg) 18:48; 4, Annika Reiss (Bellingham) 18:48; 5, Leah Holmgren (Ellensburg) 18:52; 6, Courtney Gelmini (White River) 18:55; 7, Madeline Walker (Pullman) 19:05; 8, Molly Mattson (Selah) 19:09; 9, Brigette Takeuchi (Liberty-Issaquah) 19:15; 10, Rosie Kirker (Sehome) 19:16.

Local results

COLUMBIA RIVER – 90, Ellie Furth 21:27; 133, Hanna Dyer 22:52.

HOCKINSON – 82, Abby Orman 21:18; 117, Julia Zora 22:09; 143, Adyson Dyer 23:25.

RIDGEFIELD – 52, Lexie Rutherford 20:31; 66, Hailey Figueras 20:51; 74, Jane Kuebrich 21:07; 111, Makayla Draper 21:58; 134, Katrin Langer 22:54; 137, Ashley Hunter 23:00; 155, Grace Shields 24:37.

WASHOUGAL – 20, Amelia Pullen 19:45; 41, Hannah Swigert 20:16; 100, Brooklyn Bausch 21:46; 103, Annabelle Palmer 21:49; 106, Bekah Shilling 21:51; 112, Morgan Stinchfield 21:58; 141, Kaylee Timmons 23:21.

WOODLAND – 43, Natalie Biddix 20:19.

CLASS 1A

Teams – 1, Nortwest 79, 2, Deer Park 95, 3, Riverside 134. Also – 4, La Center 151.

Top individuals – 1, Erin Mullins (Cascade-Leavenworth) 18:05; 2, Libby Michael (Deer Park) 18:30; 3, Isa Meyers (Northwest) 18:37; 4, Macenna Hansen (Northwest) 18:41; 5, Lizzy Shaw (Riverside) 19:05; 6, Olivia Markezich (Bear Creek) 19:20; 7, Morgan Hall (Colville) 19:21; 8, Kalen Johnson (Zillah) 19:21; 9, Natasha Lewis (La Center) 19:24; 10, Sage Gibson (Seattle Christian) 19:24.

Local results

LA CENTER – 9, Natasha Lewis 19:24; 31, Roselynn Martin 20:26; 54, Emily Graham 21:05; 61, Bethany Whitten 21:09; 65, Makenna Olson 21:11; 74, Sierra Harris 21:23; 124, Katelynn Hurley 22:52.

SETON CATHOLIC – 128, Elena Carrion 23:05; 142, Kennedy Lake 23:50.

STEVENSON – 118, Kimberly Chestnut 22:42; 144, Yuvia Marquez 23:59.

CLASS B

Teams – 1, Liberty Bell 24.

Top individual – Novie McCabe (Liberty Bell) 18:51.

Local results

CEDAR TREE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN – 39, Elin VanderPloeg 22:33.